Ken Gilbertson, 82

Ken GilbertsonMr. Ken Gilbertson, of Jacque Lane in Port Washington, passed away at Lawlis Family Hospice Center in Mequon early Friday morning, Dec. 12, 2014.

He was 82 years old.

Ken was born in Rhinelander, son of Orville and Flora Bissonnette Gilbertson. He attended local schools before entering the U.S. Army and serving in Korea. On Aug. 22, 1953, he was united in marriage with Annette Labby at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Milwaukee. The couple settled in Milwaukee and started their family.

Mr. Gilbertson worked in the lathe and plaster business. In 1968, the family moved to Port Washington.

Ken was a member of St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church and Van Els Schanen American Legion Post 82.

In his younger years, Ken loved playing baseball, fishing and socializing at the D & G Club in Port Washington.

He also enjoyed going to ballgames with his son and fishing on Lake Michigan, bowling and snowmobiling.

He is survived by his loving wife, Annette and their four children: Michael (Patti) Gilbertson of Cedarburg, Kenneth M. Gilbertson of East Canton, Ohio, John Gilbertson of Irving, Texas, and Julie (Jim) Vaughn of Port Washington.

He is further survived by 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brother, Peter (Carol) Gilbertson of Des Plaines, Ill.; sisters, Nancy (Martin) Czerwinski, Annette (Larry) Megal, both of Menomonee Falls, sister Renee Gilbertson of Milwaukee; sister-in-law Jean Gilbertson, also of Menomonee Falls; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda, his parents and his brother Roger Gilbertson.

Private burial will take place with military honors at Southeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. A memorial mass will take place at a later time. The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at